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Light and Darkness

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“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints…”  -Ephesians 1:17-18

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts…”  -Ephesians 4:17-18

Most of still today relate to God through law, believing that it is primarily our behavior/obedience that determines our relationship with Him, although we don’t have much of an explanation for why He seems so inconsistent in when and who He punishes and seems to reward.  I have elaborated on this issue before, but for this post, suffice it to say I believe we relate to God in this way because we don’t understand the radical change that took place in moving from the Old to the New Covenant – radical enough to change the definition of “obedience.”  In the Old Covenant, obedience was about keeping laws, about doing and not doing the correct things.  In the New Covenant, obedience is about having a renewed mind and walking in the light and Life of the Spirit within us – all of which are impossible when law is in focus, because law fuels self-awareness, fear, and sin.  I’m not making this up by the way, it’s in your Bible!1

At the top, I quoted two passages from the writings of the apostle Paul, who wrote powerfully about the New Covenant.  In Ephesians 1, notice what he says is the key to know the hope of the God’s invitation to us, and to experience the riches of His glorious inheritance: enlightenment of the heart.   Notice also what he says in Ephesians 4 is the one thing that alienates men from the Life of God: darkness of the understanding.  Both, as is obvious, are not outward behaviors, but inward perceptions and ways of seeing.  I believe that if we humble ourselves and genuinely seek the Spirit of God to enlighten the eyes of our hearts, being willing to let go of our precious doctrines and religious ways, it will happen.  Scripture says whoever humbles themself will be given grace and sight.  It is a renewal of the eyes/perception of the heart that constitutes “repentance,” which Jesus and the apostles said is the essential starting point to live within the kingdom (will, rule and reign) of God.  

The law, which empowered sin, is fulfilled and gone.  It was put away, nailed to the cross and ended in Christ.  Therefore, sin, as we usually think of it, doesn’t exist.1  As I’ve said many times, the issue now isn’t to avoid bad behavior, but to receive an enlightened heart and understanding so that we may knowingly and willingly participate in the things of God.  This is even more important when you realize that only what is Spiritual in origin will stand the purification of fire and the shaking which ALL people and things will undergo.  I’m writing more about this right now.  Again, this doesn’t mean we become better at stopping bad things and doing good things.  This means we become new creations according to a new identity and Life, which are part of the nature/Spirit of God Himself that dwells within us.  We walk in a different realm, with a whole new perception of things, so to speak.

The way of Christ is this: to abide in light/reality and overwhelm darkness/imagination, to walk in the spirit and deny the flesh, to receive grace and abandon self-righteousness, to see by faith and blind the eyes of flesh, to love and not to resist/demand/expect, to taste of death so that others might taste of Life.  As I’ve said before, it’s a much, much higher way than simply avoiding bad behaviors.  It’s actually MORE demanding and radical, but also much more life-giving!

I hope you’ll check back soon.   Bless you all.

 

 

  1. Colossians 2:11-15 ESV: “In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, (12) having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. (All this already happened.  Your circumcision in Spirit, your burial and resurrection.  In Christ it’s all done, and you are in Christ).  (13) And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, (14) by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. (15) He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

    1. Along these lines, you can see also Romans chapters 5-7.  Specifically you could look at 5:13, 5:20, 6:14, 7:5-8, along with 1 Corinthians 15:56.  Hebrews also says we were perfected forever (in God’s sight) by the one, single sacrifice of Christ, and that God remembers our sins and lawless deeds NO MORE.  This is the solid foundation for us to walk without consciousness of sin.  This is also in part because no law = no sin.  Sin as in the old covenant sense of “don’t do this or that.”  Just as sin was taken away, our “obedience” is different too now.  Obedience in the Greek language means “conformity.”  How can you conform/obey rules if there aren’t any?  In the New Covenant, obedience/conformity isn’t about adhering to a set of rules, but to one’s identity as a son of God, full of love and light, one who is enlivened by the Spirit and not the fear-based flesh. It’s all too easy to follow rules with a wicked heart.  The pharisees did it in Jesus’ day and many religious people still do the same today.  God has no desire for that.  He looks for those who walk as sons in love and in the light and power of His spirit, without worrying about their behavior at all.  

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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The Light of Life

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“Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.'”1

Recently, some friends of mine presented to me the teaching of Richard Rohr on the “true” and “false” selves, which I believe are the same things as what others have called the flesh and the spirit, the old man and the new man, or Adam and Christ.  What Mr. Rohr teaches is essentially that the false self is the identity we have given to ourselves – an identity which consists of who we see ourselves as and who we believe we should be.  The false self is often based on our life experiences and our daily roles and duties.  It is tainted by selfishness and warped by fear.  The true self, he says, is who we are beyond and underneath all expectations, experiences, fears, and pain.  The true self, he says, is the only one who is born of God, and it must be uncovered and allowed to dominate our awareness. 

Another thing I’ve thought about is Jesus’ title as “the light of the world.”  What does this mean?  Think about this: light has two important functions, which operate together: 1). To reveal or manifest what is real and true, and 2). To dispel darkness and false ideas of what is real and true. When you turn on the light in a dark room, two things happen: you learn what is in the room, and you learn what isn’t in the room.  So if Christ gives light, what reality or truth does his light enable us to see and apprehend?  Could it be that this light which Christ shines illuminates and thus reveals a distinction (which is what “judgment” actually means) between what is of God (spirit and truth), and what is of man (flesh and falsehood)?  Perhaps a primary thing Christ came to enlighten men about is that the spirit of God is within them (the true self), and that we can walk as sons of God simply by attending to and living from that life which is within us, while denying our self-preserving old nature.  Spiritually, in the absence of light (darkness), there can be no reality, only the imaginations of men, which can certainly produce wonderful emotions and great religions, but never life.

The arrival of Jesus was the fulfillment of prophecy that the time of “darkness” was ending:

  • (Matthew 4:13-16 KJV):  “…He came and dwelt in Capernaum…that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying:  ‘…the people which sat in darkness (all men, ultimately) saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up'”.
  • (Luke 1:67, 76-79 KJV):  “And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying…And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death…”  Notice that according to God, law-keeping Israel, who Jesus was sent to, were sitting in “darkness” and “the shadow of death!”
  • (Luke 2:25-32 WEB (R)):  “Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. He came in the Spirit into the temple. When the parents brought in the child, Jesus, that they might do concerning him according to the custom of the law, then he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, “Now you are releasing your servant, Master, according to your word, in peace; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all peoples; a light for revelation to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.”

Paul taught that believers were once in darkness, but in Christ are now in the light:

  • (Acts 26:22-23): …I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would happen, how the Christ must suffer, and how, by the resurrection of the dead, he would be first to proclaim light both to these people and to the Gentiles.”
  • (Ephesians 5:8): “For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light…”
  • (1 Thessalonians 5:5): “You are all children of light, and children of the day. We don’t belong to the night, nor to darkness…”
  • (2 Corinthians 4:6):  “…seeing it is God who said, “Light will shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
  • (1 Peter 2:9):  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light…”

This post is just scratching the surface…I’m already working on a part 2 that goes deeper.  For now, I just hope you are seeing that all believers are to live “in the light” and be a source of light for others.  This doesn’t mean living a moral life (as I’ve said many times before, atheists and “religious” folks can both be very moral), nor does it mean merely “witnessing” to others about Jesus, which can be done in your own power and from a wrong motive.  The light that we are to walk in and shine is the LIFE of God – His spirit within us, our “true self.”  The defining characteristic of this life is self-sacrificing love which is naturally produced (though still painful at times), and a desire for communion with God in Spirit and Truth.  Again, Jesus said those who follow him will have “the light OF life.”  It’s a life and light that is within us, right now.  You don’t need to beg, do something, or go somewhere to get it.  Just realize it’s there and seek to uncover it.  This isn’t automatic or always easy, but it is very possible, absolutely revolutionary, and spiritually necessary.  Stay tuned my friends.  God bless you.

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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God Is

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(Elihu speaking to Job): “Surely you (Job) have spoken in my hearing, And I have heard the sound of your words, (saying): ‘I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent and there is no guilt in me.’ Behold, He (God) invents pretexts against me; He counts me as His enemy. ‘He puts my feet in the stocks; He watches all my paths.’  –Behold, let me tell you, you are not right in this, For God is greater than man.” (Job 33:8-12 NAS77)

A thought occurred to me earlier today, pretty much out of the blue. It’s basically this: If there is an invisible, spiritual/supernatural realm, distinct from the natural/physical world, why do we expect the supernatural to follow the very same “rules” as the natural world? If God and the spiritual realm are truly different, we should actually expect them to not operate the same way as the natural realm does. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised or even perplexed if the spiritual realm doesn’t follow laws or a logical “cause and effect” relationship like things do in the physical world.

Let’s remember that God isn’t a man, and he doesn’t have a human mind or brain like you and I do. According to the new testament scriptures in the Bible, there are three “God is ____” statements that are true: God is light, God is the Spirit, and God is love.1

I know many are struggling to see God or understand Him, especially in the midst of doubts and hardships of all kinds. I guess what I’m getting at is to remind us that God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours, so not understanding His ways doesn’t mean He isn’t real or doesn’t care. Because He operates on a different level than our natural minds and natural world do, His ways and the ways of the spiritual world in general won’t often make sense to our natural minds and logic.

I DO believe God is good, and I DO believe His nature is love and light and spirit. Let’s get in tune with Him, learn to commune with Him “in the spirit” like John and Paul and Peter (and so many others) have, instead of wasting time waiting for the spiritual realm to conform to our natural desires and expectations (that will be a LONG wait). God doesn’t cater to OUR expectations or even OUR desires, and He never will. God simply IS, and ONLY when and to the extent that His spirit enables us to share in His mind and view, can we begin to know and understand Him. Don’t be discouraged, keep seeking and don’t be afraid of new territory – that may be where God is.

1. 1 John 1:5 , John 4:24, 1 John 4:8

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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“Revelation is like breaking chains.” This is something the spirit of God spoke to me a while back.  I’d like to share a few things about this, firstly about “revelation”. 

I’ve probably said this before, but it’s important: “revelation” in scripture literally means “to uncover, to reveal, to make manifest.”  I believe revelation is the only way Truth comes to mankind.  Genuine Truth is spiritual, and can’t be “obtained” or “earned.”  It’s a gift, bestowed.  Jesus said Peter’s famous declaration of Christ as the messiah and God’s son was Truth, revealed to Him by God the Father.1  God uncovered something, and Peter saw it. Jesus himself lived this way.2 

The “agent” or force empowering revelation is referred to as “light.” All through the New Testament, light is emphasized (click here).  In the physical realm, light enables one to see the reality of his or her surroundings, making it possible to go where you want and avoid obstacles and dangers. It’s the same idea in the spiritual realm – light enables spiritual reality to be seen and related to correctly.  The NT states this as well.3 

As I’ve been writing about, I think one of THE biggest spiritual pitfalls is an attitude in which one claims the ability to see, but is without the revelation of light. This is the essence of pride, and is FAR more dangerous spiritually than what many tend to focus on, like watching bad movies or going to a casino or losing your temper. Anyone can read the Bible or listen to teachings and come up with ideas about God’s heart or will, but without spiritual light, every idea and doctrine of the most devout and brightest men is nothing but darkness. 

Here’s an illustration of the state mainstream Christianity is in today: if you were to put ten people in a pitch dark room, they would soon form ten different ideas about what the room contains and looks like, but none would be accurate. If you flipped the lights on for a few seconds and then turned them back off, there would initially be a great increase in true perception and agreement about the room, but if enough time went by in darkness, different opinions would form once again and reality would fade. 

From concern only I say that I see a lot of errors and problems within Christianity.  I believe Christianity has been given glimpses of light in places, but has not continued to rely on light for its spiritual progress and beliefs.  If it had, it would not be so divided.  The few who do truly rely on and follow the light have been marginalized by or ostracized from mainstream Christianity (there are several reasons for this, not the least of which is these people expose its blindness and pride). Things that truly have been revealed and seen in the light are often made into a “golden calf” of sorts – people camp around them, dancing and worshiping day after day, instead of continuing to follow the light. Others wrongly assume that because they or someone else have seen something in the light, everything else is illuminated as well.

As a result of these presumptuous errors, division and blindness have prevailed in the visible church, leaving only the spiritually-blind human mind as a means of perception and relation to God.  However, God is a living, spiritual being, and you absolutely cannot know Him by the mind – by reasoning about spiritual things, theology, or whatever else.  God MUST be known in spirit, in the light, by revelation and communion. 

I am working on a parable of sorts that I wrote illustrating these things, specifically focusing on revelation being like breaking chains.  I may post it sometime.  : )  Thanks for reading.

 

  1. Matthew 16:17: “And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon [a]Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
  2. John 5:19: “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”
  3. Ephesians 5:13: “But all things become visible when they are [a]exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”
 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Counterfeit Pride vs. Spiritual Pride

Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”  -James 4:5-6

If there’s one thing God finds repulsive, it’s pride.  Pride is the only thing in all of the New Testament which God is said to “resist,” literally meaning to “prepare for war against.”  As spirit opposes flesh, God wars against and opposes pride.

You can bet that there is a difference between what God and men see as pride.  Men have defined pride as essentially an inflated ego and self-absorption. That may be true to an extent, but I’m coming to see that every spiritual dynamic found in scripture (such as pride) has a fleshly “counterfeit,” either made or reinforced by the religious, darkened, natural mind of man.  Like counterfeit money, counterfeit spiritual things are designed to seem real – they go by the same name as the genuine, have circulated so long they are accepted almost everywhere without question, and tend to remain in wide circulation until examined closely by someone with better means of perception, often a higher authority.

The counterfeit version of a spiritual dynamic is almost always the most common, because few people wait for and rely on the “light” of the spirit to see and define their reality (why this is so is an interesting question). Instead, the vast majority approach the spiritual realm the way they approach everything else – with the natural mind – which can never produce anything other than natural understandings and ideas.  The presence of Bible quotation and study, inspiring rhetoric, loud music, prayer or fasting, spiritual words, emotional stimulation, or even spiritual “manifestations” don’t at all mean genuine wisdom is present or God is glorified.  

As God sees it, pride is flesh claiming or pretending to be spiritual.  It’s darkness masquerading as light. The Greek word for pride is huperephanos, a compound of huper (over, above, beyond, instead of), and phaino (to shine, lighten, appear). The idea seems to be this: something leaving its proper place in order to take over and be seen.  Pride is flesh/self covering the spirit, making itself seen instead, but pretending nothing is wrong or out of place.

Here’s what’s scary: God opposes and resists pride, but (like many spiritual things) true pride is subtle, deep-rooted and can easily go unnoticed.  Many familiar “counterfeits,” on the other hand, having come from the mind of man, are easier to identify and “correct” through self-discipline of some sort.  Flesh can see and correct flesh, but only the spirit can see and correct spiritual error.  The first step toward the spiritual reality of humility instead of pride is to cry out for God’s light, recognizing the need for it.  Remember –> Jesus said that to claim you can see is to remain blind and under sin (I wrote about that in more detail here). 

I’ll stop for now, but I intend for more to come soon.  God bless you.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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On Certainty, and Rightly-Grounded Assurance in Matters of Religion. By Isaac Penington, c. 1681

On Certainty, and Rightly-Grounded Assurance, in Matters of RELIGION

There is a witness of and from God in every conscience; which, in his light, power, and authority, witnesses for Him, and against that which is contrary to Him.

From this witness proceeds the true and well-grounded religion in the mind towards God: for this witness both testifes and demonstrates that there is a God, and also inclines the mind to desire and seek after the right knowledge and true worship of Him.

And those who keep to this witness, and wait upon God therein, are taught by it the true spiritual worship; the true and pure fear of the Most High; the faith which he gives to his saints; the love which is chaste and unfeigned; the hope which purifes the mind, and anchors it on the eternal rock; the meekness, patience, gentleness, humility, etc., which is not of man’s nature, but rather the gift of God, and the nature of the heavenly Giver.

And then, as for the exercises of religion, such as praying to the Father of spirits, hearing the heavenly voice, reading in the Spirit, and with the renewed understanding, singing and making melody in the heart (and also with the voice) to the Lord, as His life is felt, and the spiritual blessings and treasure received; all of these, and whatever else is judged necessary for the soul, are taught by this witness of God in the conscience, as the soul grows up in the light, Spirit, nature, and holy power thereof.

But now, when the Lord reaches to His witness in men, and is teaching their hearts by it, then the enemy, the other spirit, whose seat is in the other part, makes a noise there, to overbear the voice of God’s true witness. This enemy causes men to take up religion in another part, which is shallow, and reaches not to the depth and weight of truth, which is in the witness of God.

Thus the enemy stirs up reasonings, imaginations, and consultations about God and his worship; wherein he raises up the vain, shallow mind, which creates and brings forth something pleasing and suitable to the earthly understanding. The mind is then involved therein, and the heart also engaged in some such practices that may quiet and satisfy that part in men. For the religious ways that men take up in their reasonings and understandings, these satisfy their reasonings and understandings. And so they walk in their own light, and warm themselves by the fre of their own kindling. But none of this answers the witness of God in them.

Now from this part in man arises all the uncertainty, and doubts, and dissatisfaction about religion. And hence arise the opinions, and judgments, and reasonings, in the minds of men. Indeed, the best of men’s religion here is but an opinion or judgment, which the breath of God’s Spirit will shake and dissolve everywhere, sooner or later. All fesh is grass; and all the beauty of men’s knowledge, religion, and worship here, will wither like grass. All the buildings and churches that are raised here (however beautiful) are but Babylon, built by man’s understanding, by man’s knowledge, by man’s comprehension, by man’s wisdom, by man’s skill, and indeed in man’s will and time, and their standing, beauty, strength, and glory, is but from man, and in man’s day, and will fade away like a flower.

But the true certainty is the Day of God, from the light of his Spirit shining into man’s spirit, from God’s inward reaching to the heart by his power, and testifying his truth there. And against this all the powers of darkness cannot prevail. No, nor against that man that is kept in this. For it is the rock (the only rock) upon which the whole church is built, and which cannot fail to preserve every member of the church which is built upon it.

You then, who desire to come to certainty in religion, observe the way which is made manifest from God, which is this: mind the witness of God in thy heart, and come to, and build upon, the light thereof. Dwell not in reasonings; take not up your religion in reasonings of the mind; but pass through them, pass beyond them, into a light of a higher nature. Wait to know the birth which is from God, and the light which he gives to that birth. What is the birth? Is not the birth of and from the second Adam? And what is the heavenly birth’s light? Is it not the light of the second Adam? Is it not in nature and kind above the light of the frst Adam? Where is the seat of reasonings? Is it not the earthly mind, the fallen mind? Here lies man’s strength; here is man’s wisdom; here is man’s life. But the wisdom of Christ, the light of Christ, the life of Christ, the power of Christ, is a cross to man’s strength, wisdom, and life. The light of Christ discovers in it the enmity against God, crucifes it, slays it, brings it to nothing. And he that will become wise unto God, must become a fool unto all this, a child, a babe, entering the kingdom without this. He must remain there naked as to man’s life and light, and never more put it on.

Now observe (you that have understanding and true sense) the difference between the religion which God hath taught us, and led us into, and the religions of all men upon the earth besides. Our religion stands wholly out of that which all their religion stands in. Their religion stands in the comprehension, in a belief of a literal relation or description. Our religion stands in a principle which transforms the mind, wherein the Spirit of life appears to, and witnesses in the conscience concerning the things of the kingdom. We hear the voice, and see the express image of the Invisible One, and thus know things, not from an outward relation, but from their inward nature, virtue, and power. Yes, here (we must profess) we so know things, that we are fully satisfed about them, and could not doubt concerning them, though there never had been a word or letter written of them. Although it is indeed a great comfort, and sweet  refreshment to us, to read in Scripture the outward testimony of what we feel and enjoy inwardly. And in this our whole religion consists; namely, in the silence and death of the fesh, and in the quickening and fowing life of the Spirit. For he who is of the new birth, of the new creation, of the second Adam (the Lord from heaven), is as really alive to God, and as really lives to him in his Spirit, as ever he was really dead in trespasses and sins in the time of his alienation and estrangement from God.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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True Insight on Transformation of the Soul

“Knowing the truth with true spiritual light transforms
the soul because it puts out of your heart what God has
already put away from Himself through the cross. In His
light, what is dead to God becomes dead to you, and what
is alive to God becomes the only life that you know.
 
To illustrate, imagine that you are locked in a completely dark
room where you are constantly tormented by a fear of
crocodiles. You have obviously never seen a crocodile
because there is absolutely no light in the room, but you
have heard suspicious sounds and once or twice thought
you felt something brush up against your leg. Days, weeks,
perhaps months go by, but your fears will not subside. You
continually reason with yourself saying, “Don’t be silly,
why would there be a crocodile in this room?” Or, “If there
were really a crocodile in this room, it would have eaten
me by now. I’m sure I’m quite safe.” But all of the self-talk
and intellectual reasoning has little effect on your
emotions. Logical or not, you think what you think and
you feel what you feel. One day, however, as you are
curling up in a ball on the floor to escape an indistinct
crocodile-like noise, your hand happens upon a box of
matches. You frantically pull out a match, strike it on the
side of the box, and a flame lights for a second and then
goes out. For just one second you see the room in the dim
light of a single match, and a wave of joy and relief strikes
your heart. You couldn’t see clearly, or for very long, but in
that one flash of light there was definitely no crocodile in
sight. Still fearful, but now at last with hope, you reach for
the box and light another match. This one stays lit long
enough for you to discover a shelf on the wall filled with
candles which you excitedly light one by one. After only a
few minutes, all the candles are lit and the entire room is
flooded with light. It was true what you thought you saw in
that initial flash of light – there are absolutely no
crocodiles in the room and there apparently never have
been. After so many months of fear and trauma it takes a
while for your nerves to settle. But after sitting in the light
for some hours and examining every square inch of the
room, your emotions begin to calm, the fear fades away
and becomes meaningless, and your heart at last begins to
rest.
 
This analogy is helpful in a couple different ways.
First, it illustrates to some degree what seeing or knowing
the Lord feels like to the human heart. It is not an external
light, an angelic voice, or a prophetic vision. It is like a
new and foreign light that shines in our heart and brings
something real into view. That is what all light does – it
shows us what is real. Natural light has this immediate
effect on our natural senses. In a flash of natural light we
become conscious of our surroundings; we become aware
of what is there. Like a flash of lightning on a pitch black
night, suddenly the world around us comes into view.
Spiritual light does very much the same thing, but it shines
“in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory
of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”9 As the light of life
flashes in our soul, we are brought to an ever increasing
awareness of what is spiritually real. It’s not like a dream
or vision that uses symbols or words to represent spiritual
realities. There are no figures that need to be interpreted
or words that can be misunderstood. It is as simple as
seeing in the Lord’s light what is true in Him. It is like
waking up from a long adamic dream, rubbing our eyes,
and slowly recognizing what is real.
 
The second thing that this analogy illustrates well is
that the natural byproduct of seeing what is real in Christ is
a progressive liberty from all that is notreal. Just as the
light made it impossible to continue fearing a crocodile
that was not in the room, so too it becomes impossible for
us to feel, think, and hold onto the fruits of darkness that
have no place in Christ. Light shows us where we are, what
God has done in Christ, and all ideas and feelings contrary
to the truth begin to fade away and lose their meaning.”

 

-The above is quoted from “Not I, But Christ” by Jason Henderson, pages 290-292.  Full text can be found at http://www.marketstreetfellowship.com/static/assets/books/not-i-but-christ/Not_I_But_Christ.pdf   There are many more free teachings, including a fuller teaching on sanctification which I look forward to reading, at marketstreetfellowship.com

 
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